Meal Blessings for Pagans and Wiccans
Many religions celebrate the consumption of food with some sort of prayer of thanksgiving. Many Pagans and Wiccans believe that not only should we thank the gods for our food, but also the earth and the food itself. Any of the following may be said over a meal, a Cakes and Ale ceremony, or any other event where food is served... Read More
Make a Pot of Wassail
Wassail was originally a word that meant to greet or salute someone -- groups would go out wassailing on cold evenings, and when they approached a door would be offered a mug of warm cider or ale. Over the years, the tradition evolved to include asperging the crops to ensure fertility. This recipe makes your house smell beautiful for Yule... and while it's simmering, why not go out a-wassailing?
Hot Buttered Rum
Buttered rum was a popular recipe in colonial America, and it's easy to see why -- it's GOOD. You can brew this up in your crockpot, ladle out a nice big mug and sit by the fire on a chilly winter evening. It's the perfect warm drink for Yule...Read More
When the sun comes up on Yule morning, there's nothing quite like it. If your family celebrates with a solar ritual, after you're done, head to the kitchen for a big breakfast. This sunny skillet dish is full of good stuff -- if you're vegetarian, simply substitute something else for the sausage, or leave the meat out altogether. Quick tip: do some of the prep work the day before, so you don't have to spend as much time in the kitchen on Yule! Read More
Sun King Soup
The winter solstice marks the return of the sun, as it begins to make its way back towards the earth. Celebrate this festival of light with a nice rich bowl of Sun King Soup -- the bright sun colors and smooth texture are just the thing for either an appetizer, or a light meal at Yule... Read More
Divine Peppermint Yule Fudge
Did you know that the scientific name for chocolate is theobrama cacoa, which translates to "food of the divine ones"? This recipe is so easy you can make it in your microwave, and keep it on hand in case company drops by at Yule. If Persephone had some of this ambrosia waiting for her above-ground, she'd have returned from the underworld a whole lot sooner... Read More
A Nordic Yule Blessing
Yule is a time to set aside animosity between yourself and people who would normally antagonize you. Set aside your differences, and think about finding peace in the spirit of the season.
Beneath the tree of light and life,
a blessing at this season of Jul!
To all that sit at my hearth,
today we are brothers, we are family,
and I drink to your health!
Today is a day to offer hospitality
to all that cross my threshold
in the name of the season.
For many Pagans and Wiccans, the holiday season becomes a time of conflict with their non-Pagan family. They may not understand what it is you celebrate, or there may be old wounds that surface each year when family gets together that have nothing to do with your beliefs. Regardless, read on for tips on how to Survive the Holidays With Your NonPagan Family.